Letter From America

Marion McKeone: A police officer I spoke with summed it up, ‘if you make them run, they make you pay’

In her new weekly column, Marion McKeone writes that the death of Tyre Nichols has brought the issue of racial justice in America to the fore once again

In Tyre Nichols’ case, much has been made of the fact that the five officers charged are black. Picture: Getty Images

The funeral of Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old Fed Ex worker, skateboarder and amateur photographer who died three days after being savagely beaten by Memphis police, took place on Wednesday morning. The Rev Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.

Twenty-four years ago, on a freezing day in February 1999, I met with Rev Sharpton at his Harlem office. It was days after the killing of Amadou Diallo, a 22-year-old immigrant who died in a hail of 41 ...